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All Year: March to October
Area (ha): 0. 33
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 84666
Country: England

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Last Updated: December 20, 2019

Welcome to our friendly haven! Situated in a traditional English village with lovely countryside this study placement is only suitable for male students 18 to 27yrs. The usual time spent with us is two to six weeks.
The 1/2 acre charity garden comprises several different themed areas or 'rooms' each with varied collections of plants.
We have a relaxed, sympathetic and happy atmosphere. Your input and ideas will be appreciated.

The unique wildlife-friendly garden is a Registered Charity which: has public open days; receives visiting groups; teaches horticulture & conservation; runs workshops, community projects, wildlife audits; and offers skill training for young unemployed.

We suggest a maximum of 20 hours a week helping us out + some housework. All other time is your own for touristic, cultural, sporting activities.

TUITION: No previous experience is necessary as full tuition/training given.

Large LIBRARY: on wildlife, conservation, art, history, horticulture, heritage, mythology, landscape design, etc.

SPORTS etc: Fully equipped Gym (twin weight stack/fixed weight, 3 seating position system + free weights etc)
Good countryside for jogging (woods etc).
There is use of a bicycle.

There are various opportunities to socialise locally via organisations and activities. And contacts via the friendly village pubs! And walks & visits and activities with your host.
The Trust is registered with the University of Bath, Bristol University, Bath Spa University, the University of the West of England for volunteering so you might meet UK students.

Chippenham (8minutes away by bus) has 2 night clubs and also lots of pubs. Good range of shops

5 minutes walk away in the village there is: a shop & post-office; 2 traditional English pubs; church; golf club; wood carving club; football club.

YOUR HOST STEPHEN: "I was a professional painter/sculptor; art & history teacher; interior designer. Now I write & teach on wildlife, conservation, history. I have a passion for Nature and the rural landscape- and gardening! I am also an expert on English history/ heritage/customs etc so can be your guide during excursions."

PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY: There are so many interesting things to see not far away such as: Roman Bath Spa; Bristol; Malmesbury; Longleat House; Lacock Abbey; Salisbury Cathedral; Avebury Stone Circles; Bowood House & Gardens; Cotswold Water Park; the North Somerset coast & Weston-super-Mare seaside resort; Stonehenge; the Wye Valley; South Wales & its castles & the Black Mountains.

Nearest towns: Calne (1.8miles) & Chippenham (5miles). Nearest main railway station (direct line from London) is Chippenham (9 minutes away by bus). Bath is only 11 minutes by train.

We would like some help please with any of the following:
1. General gardening (pruning/weeding/ planting etc)
2. Wildlife & conservation.
3. Improving animal habitats. (chickens, bees, etc)
4. Garden crafts/diy/decorating.
5. Helping improve the vegetable garden.
6. Being a Steward at public open days.
7. Help/tidying around house.
(8. Help also needed with web design if anyone is so inclined/skilled)
(9. Making a garden film/video)

Your accommodation is in a lovely traditional old English semi-detached rural house (built in 1885) set in 1/2 acre of garden within a small village.

Full Board MEALS: Vegetarian household (but cheese/milk/eggs are used). Three meals a day of course. Plus tea/coffee breaks with biscuits throughout the day.

BEDROOM: Deep matress bed in the library/guest bedroom with full wifi. Small table. Plenty of shelving + wardrobe.

OTHER: There is a cat. Large fish pond in garden + aquarium in house.
No smoking in house or garden outbuildings. (smoking permitted in the garden with care). There are horses in field at bottom of garden.

You are most welcome to join me in the very comfortable and well-equipped sitting-room after the evening meal taken together to socialise and relax (see photo) with music, tv etc. And take part in village activities.
Unlimited wifi/internet.

Nice big fully equipped summer/study house & additional library at bottom of garden.

The #55 bus from Chippenham & Calne stops just outside the house every 20minures. At Chippenham you can get a bus to many other places; or use the main-line railway direct to: London, Bristol, Wales and all over England.

Many interesting walks and lovely English countryside with views of the Avon Vales and the Wessex Downs, & River Marden Valley on the doorstep.

The famous Bowood House & Gardens (and its acclaimed Golf Resort) is a short walk away.

Many historical and cultural sites. Football teams/contacts. Night clubs. Old English traditional events.

Locally there is also:
Fishing. Cycling. Jogging. Museums. Golf. Bmx bike & skatboarding park. Football Clubs; Basketball. Cycle track Chippenham to Calne along the old Marden railway. Football. Swimming. Friendly church. Walking groups. Pub quiz nights.

A mountain bike will be available for you to use any time.

If you have any particular hobbies/interests we will try to find connections/outlets for you.

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